SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento State men's soccer team jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the CSUN Matadors and despite allowing a late Matadors score, was able to fend off the late CSUN attack and hold on for the 2-1 Big West win.
The win moves Sacramento State (4-7-2, 2-1-0 Big West) into second place in the Big West with six points. They jumped CSUN (7-5-2, 1-1-1 Big West), who entered the match in second.
"It's a great win for us," said head coach Michael Linenberger after the match. "CSUN is a very good team and we knew we were going to have our work cut out for us. They're explosive."
That explosiveness was on display in the first half as CSUN piled up seven shots, including five on goal. Freshman keeper Ryan Curtis kept things even for the Hornets making five saves through the first 45 minutes. Just one match after a career-high eight saves at UC Irvine, Curtis made seven total saves Wednesday night.
Sacramento State matched CSUN in the first half, also taking seven shots in the opening half, but managed to place just one on goal.
Things changed quickly in the second half as Sacramento State scored the match's first goal in the 48th minute. Justin Bedig played a great ball at midfield, sending it forward to a charging Abraham Rosales. After playing the ball off his head and putting it right at his feet, Rosales beat his defender and fired a great left-footed shot past the CSUN keeper.
The goal was the first of the season and the first of his career for Rosales. For Bedig, the assist was his second this season. He collected a team-high seven assists last year.
Sacramento State went ahead 2-0 in the 67th minute thanks to a goal from Antonio Andres. The play started with a corner kick from Oscar Govea. After Benji Kikanovic brought the ball down with a soft header, Andres delivered the finisher, driving the ball from right in front of the keeper into the back of the net.
Like Rosales, the goal was also the first of the season for Andres, who scored one goal last season.
"It was nice to see two guys get on the score sheet that don't normally get on the score sheet," said Linenberger of Rosales and Andres. "It's good that we're not relying on just a couple of guys. It is important that we can spread the wealth and that opponents can't just key in on one or two players."
The goal by Andres proved to be the game-winner as the Matadors rallied for a goal in the 73rd minute.
In total, Sacramento State took 12 shots, placing four on goal. CSUN took 14 total shots, placing eight of them on frame. CSUN also held the advantage in corner kicks, 7-6.
Andres had two of the team's four shots on goals, Rosales another, and Brad Bumgarner, who played his first minutes since September 23, added the team's fourth.
Sacramento State continues Big West play on the road this weekend as they travel to southern California to take on Cal State Fullerton on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 pm at Titans Stadium. More information can always be found by visiting the Men's Soccer 2018 Schedule online at HornetSports.com.